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JfJfP comments


06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011




Young soldiers with heads turned by power

David Shulman has been sending reports about how Israel has enforced military control over the South Hebron hills for more than a decade. Here, working with photographer Margaret Olim (and others), he intervenes when soldiers start clearing shepherds from the area. They ignore the Supreme Court ruling in the shepherds’ favour.

Settlers drive sheep and shepherds off their grazing land

The settlers in new-build Carmel in South Hebron are notable for their aggression. Perhaps aware of their untenable legal position they use whatever violence they can get away with to prevent Palestinians using their traditional grazing land. Like the sheep-owner, the writer cannot bear “the injustice, the hatred, the blindness… I run out of words…”

Controlled military zone spreads over all the land

The Palestinians protest. The officer from the Civil Administration lays down the law. I can’t contain their grief and bewilderment—it is, after all, their land—and I can’t bear seeing them humiliated like this, ordered here or there or anywhere that is not the fields they have worked for centuries.At the summit we see the notorious settler-widow. She’s an orthodox Jewish woman, but she’s violating the Shabbat today, since the greatest of all God’s commandments is, it seems: “Humiliate as many Palestinians as you can”. David Shulman reports.

See apartheid being carved into Palestine. Hear the silence of the EU.

A strong article by Jonathan Cook on ‘apartheid by any other name’ is followed by articles, photos and diagrams which strongly suggest no other name is needed. If the very infrastructure, let alone services and amenities, are divided on ethnic lines, ethnic superiority (Israeli) is being physically constructed. Why the world that was outraged by S.African apartheid should remain so muted on Israel’s version is an urgent question.

Brute force – so much simpler than irksome court procedure

Palestinian villagers in the South Hebron hills have long been defending their land and water from settlers, their agents – like Regavim, and the IDF. Supporting the Palestinians are two Israeli-Palestinian groups, Ta’ayush and the Villages Group. One of their members, David Shulman, recounts how the soldiers have now given up niceties like the law and courtesy and rely on brute force to get their, and the settlers’, way.

IDF clearance of South Hebron land for firing zone broke laws of occupation

The IDF has been laying claim to a large tract of the South Hebron Hills as a military training firing range for a long time. This is the traditional land for grazing animals, the herders living in temporary shelters. The IDF expelled people and animals from the area. It is now clear the IDF cannot use it for training. ACRI has prepared a new petition for return of the land. B’Tselem argues the IDF action, and claim for the land, are a breach of the laws on occupation – see post below.

Vindictive closure of renewable energy projects in West Bank

Six projects for producing solar and wind-powered energy for 600 Palestinians, funded by the EU, have been served with ‘stop work’ orders, preparatory to demolition There is no reason for this, other than a desire by the Israeli government to inflict punishment for an EU report calling for the end of financing of settlements. The loss of energy will be devastating for those who depend on it for refrigeration and communications